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Roster Moves: Eagles sign DB Grayland Arnold; activate CB Craig James and WR Quez Watkins; and elevate TE Jason Croom and DB Elijah Riley

The Eagles made finalized their active roster ahead of the trip to Pittsburgh.

• Eagles sign DB Grayland Arnold to the active roster

The rookie free agent was called up from the practice squad in each of the past two weeks, so the Eagles needed to sign him to the active roster if they wanted to call him up again. Arnold has played 27 snaps, all on special teams, in the first two games. Arnold provides depth and flexibility for the Eagles with Avonte Maddox out for Sunday's game, and Rudy Ford and Trevor Williams on Injured Reserve.

• Eagles activate CB Craig James and WR Quez Watkins from Injured Reserve

James suffered a thigh injury in the season opener against Washington. The special teams captain again provides additional depth in the secondary. James played 25 snaps, all on special teams, in the opener.

Watkins is in line to make his NFL debut Sunday in Pittsburgh. Watkins suffered an upper-body injury in Training Camp and missed the first four games of the season. The Eagles are without DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery, so the addition of Watkins will help. The Eagles have J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Travis Fulgham, John Hightower, Greg Ward, and now Watkins for the game.

The Eagles had three open roster spots after waiving running back Adrian Killins and placing linebacker T.J. Edwards and safety Rudy Ford on Injured Reserve this week. The Eagles claimed tackle Brett Toth off waivers from Arizona, but he is on an exempt list as he goes through COVID testing protocols.

• Eagles elevate TE Jason Croom and DB Elijah Riley from the practice squad

At 6-5, 246 pounds, the 26-year-old Croom played 15 games (three starts) for the Buffalo Bills in 2018 and had 22 catches for 259 yards and a touchdown. Croom originally entered the league with the Bills as a rookie free agent in 2017. He was most recently on the Bills' practice squad prior to joining the Eagles' practice squad.

The 5-11, 214-pound Riley was a team captain for the Army Black Knights in 2019. In his four-year career, Riley accumulated 201 tackles, seven interceptions, and 6.5 sacks. Sunday will mark Riley's NFL debut.

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